The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

When asked about an accident, the driver of the vehicle admitted before investigators that he was driving while in a state of fatigue. The passengers of the car also stated that the driver was falling asleep at the wheel prior to the accident. It was due to sheer luck that the driver and the passengers escaped with minor injuries. The accident could have been dangerous had it taken place on a highway. Driving under the influence of alcohol or when fatigued makes it difficult for the driver to focus on the road and prohibits his from making fast decisions. However, there is a slight difference between the two. A drunk driver has the option to drive slowly as well as try to react but a drowsy driver simply falls asleep, and neither swerve of brake if something happens in front of their vehicle.

Whether you are a passenger or driver, you can keep yourself and others with you safe by looking out for specific signs that indicate impending danger. Signs of driving include bobbing your head, yawning constantly, drifting from your lane, heavy eyelids, and trouble in focusing. If you notice any of these signs, pull over to the side of the road, drink a cup of coffee if available nearby, or simple take a nap for half an hour. If you are traveling with someone else and he too is a driver, let him drive the car.

Drowsy driving problems occur due to certain medications too, especially those that relax your muscles, relieve stress, or medications that are known to cause drowsiness, such as sedatives. The worst part of driving when drowsy is that the driver does not know the exact time he will fall asleep. Drowsiness can:

  • Affects the ability of the driver to make good decisions
  • Slows down the reaction time of the driver
  • Reduces the ability of the driver to pay attention to the road

Drivers who have not slept properly, shift drivers, and commercial drivers operating heavy duty vehicles such as buses, tractor trailers, and tow trucks are more prone to the dangers of drowsy driving.

If you have been involved in an accident, and have suffered injuries because the accident took place as the driver of the other vehicle was driving while drowsy, get in touch with a lawyer serving Utah car crash victims today and get them to fight your case. This ensures that you will get the compensation you deserve. Do not delay, as the sooner the lawyer reaches the accident site, the greater his chances of getting details of the crash from witnesses at the accident site.